Although Ronnie Wrenn Jr. had more wins than any driver in North America last year, 2014 started much differently. He did not drive his first race this year until Jan. 27 due to undergoing wrist surgery at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Since returning, Wrenn has been stacking up wins at an expeditious rate.
On Tuesday (March 11) Wrenn took the lead in the Northfield Park driver standings, passing Josh Sutton, who had led all Cleveland reinsmen since Jan. 2. Wrenn has driven 77 local winners so far this year, six more than Sutton. Aaron Merriman (57), David Lake (37) and Robin Miller (37) complete the top five.
Wrenn keeps a busy schedule and often drives at other venues on days that Northfield does not race. All together he has piloted 102 winners, ranking him as the continent's fifth winningest drivers in 2014. Only Corey Callahan (138), Aaron Merriman (117), Ron Pierce (109) and David Palone (106) have posted more wins this year than Wrenn.
Calvin Hollar tops Northfield's training ranks with 25 wins over the Flying Turns. David Lake (18), Don Pfister (14) Harla Renae Loney (14), Keith Kash Jr. (13) and Barry Langley (13) are among Cleveland's leading conditioners. Hollar, 53, currently trains a stable of 23 horses. If his stable continues to rack up victories, he would secure his first training title. (Northfield)